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3 Ways to Protect a Car's New Paint Job June 24, 2020

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3 Ways to Protect a Car's New Paint Job, Covington, Kentucky

Professional car painting is an excellent way to breathe new life into a vehicle. However, even the freshest paint jobs can sustain damage from scratching and sun exposure without proper care. Below is more information detailing the steps you can take to protect your vehicle's new paint job. 

How to Maintain a New Auto Paint Job

1. Avoid Direct Sunlight

Sun exposure is one of the fastest ways to damage a fresh paint job. That's because ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can oxidize the paint, making it appear faded and worn out. This can happen quickly, especially when the color is still setting and drying.

While you can't avoid the sun altogether, you can reduce the exposure by parking in public garages, covered pavilions, under shade trees, or by storing your vehicle in your garage when you're at home. However, be careful when under trees, as the sap and other droppings can also damage the paint.

2. Keep It Clean

car paintingOne of the most effective ways to protect your paint job is also one of the easiest. Regularly washing your vehicle not only keeps it looking good, but it also protects fresh paint from dirt and salt deposits that accumulate on the surface when driving.

Without routine washing, the deposits can break down and eat away at your paint, leading to chipping or peeling. To be safe, wash your vehicle every two weeks with car wash detergent. You should also be mindful of what you use to wipe the car. Typically, a soft sponge or microfiber cloth is best, as they won't scratch the vehicle.

3. Use Protective Wax Coating

Waxing your vehicle not only protects your paint job, but it also keeps it looking new. Manufacturers make automotive wax from beeswax and carnauba wax, natural oils, and petroleum distillates that protect your vehicle from scratches, inclement weather, UV rays, and road grime.

While vehicle wax is highly beneficial at protecting your paint, experts recommend waiting 60 to 90 days after car painting to allow it to cure before applying. After this, reapply vehicle wax every three months to maintain the luster and protective barrier.


Whether your vehicle has body damage or needs a coat of fresh paint, the experts at Crone's Auto Body in Covington, KY, can help. Their team of professionals provides high-quality autobody repairs—including car painting, frame straightening, and collision repairs—to make any vehicle look brand new. Call (859) 356-1800 to schedule a consultation. Visit the website for more information about their services.

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